Veras returns to Astros on Minors deal

Club trades Triple-A infielder Torreyes to Blue Jays

Veras returns to Astros on Minors deal

HOUSTON -- Veteran right-hander Jose Veras, who spent parts of the previous two seasons with the Astros, was signed to a Minor League deal Friday and will report to the team's Spring Training facility in Kissimmee, Fla., to get his arm in shape before going to Triple-A Fresno.

Veras, 34, began last season with the Cubs and was 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA in 12 games before being released and re-signed by the Astros, going 4-0 with a 3.03 ERA in 34 games. He saved 19 games for the Astros in 2013 before being traded to Detroit.

He signed with the Braves this spring, but was released in March.

"He's a guy that's had success here two years in a row," general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "He loves pitching in Houston and it's a comfortable organization for him. He and I have been talking for the past couple of weeks and we got together with his agent and cut a deal."

The Astros' bullpen has been one of their strengths, but Luhnow said having another veteran at Triple-A could wind up being valuable.

"It's a long summer and we're going to need our relievers, and hopefully they stay healthy, but if one goes down or stops performing, we want to have a guy that has a proven track record to come up here and get some outs," Luhnow said.

Torreyes traded to the Blue Jays: The Astros pulled off a minor trade on Friday, sending Triple-A infielder Ronald Torreyes to the Blue Jays in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Torreyes, who hit .200 in 19 games at Fresno, was designated for assignment on May 7.

The Astros put Torreyes on the 40-man roster to protect him from being taken in the Rule 5 Draft, and Luhnow said he likely would have been taken considering more than a dozen teams reached out to the Astros when Torreyes was put on waivers.

Luhnow said with top prospect Carlos Correa along with Nolan Fontana at Triple-A, and Tony Kemp coming behind those guys, the Astros felt they had depth in the middle infield.

"Certainly, there was a lot of interest in him and we talked to a lot of clubs and wound up making a deal with Toronto," Luhnow said.

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.